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Questions & Answers with Peder Fredricson – Swede Looks Back on a Successful Year

Despite COVID-19 you’ve had a spectacular year. What are your plans for 2022?

I haven’t finished 2021 yet. I am still enjoying the successes of this year and I haven’t set any new goals for next year.

If you could re-live one moment from your whole career, what would it be?

It would be the Team gold medal at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. It was great to win there with my team, and it is a memory I will always treasure.

For you, what makes a great team?

I think that you can never be successful if you are on your own, you have to build a good team around you, who want to reach your goals as much as you do. That is the only way to achieve big ambitions.

Which other sports do you love to watch?

I have a 14-year-old son who plays football. I wasn’t a big fan of the sport before, but now I am getting more interested in it.

Who has inspired you most throughout your career?

All of the top riders inspire me, you can learn so much through watching all of them.

What keeps you motivated and hungry for more success?

I really enjoy developing things. If there is a new and better way of doing something, I find it very inspiring to learn how.

Tell us about the horses you have brought to CHI Geneva this week?

I have brought H&M Christian K and Catch Me Not (Catch Me Not S). They are both fantastic horses and actually quite similar in that they are very positive and scopey.

Is there a young horse that you have who you believe could be a future Rolex Grand Prix contender?

I have one new horse at home called Extra, who I believe in a lot. I love the journey with a young horse, there is nothing quite like having a talented youngster in the stable.

What is the best piece of advice someone has given to you?

Set your goals high.

What does the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping mean to you?

I think it is fantastic that we have a Grand Slam in Show Jumping. It is always very exciting to watch these four shows, and it means a lot to the show jumping community to have them.

If you were stranded on a desert island what three items would you take?

A horse, a saddle and a bridle.

Source: Press Release from Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping

Photo: © Rolex Grand Slam / Ashley Neuhof